Statement To Daily Show 9-1-17

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  • kronstadt1921 reply Transcript of statement: I'm issuing a statement about why I feel the Daily Show should recant their recent piece defaming and attempting to trivialize antifascists. The Daily Show segment bashing antifa comes pretty soon after the death of Heather Heyer, an antifascist killed by Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia. This comes across as very Trump-like demagoguery, playing off people's fears and prejudices about the antifascist movement. I'm a regular watcher of the Daily Show, and I think Trevor Noah is great, and really funny. But I will gladly boycott the show if they do no recant this recent segment minimizing and denying the positive importance of antifa, during a time when fascists and neonazis are being given a mainstream platform, and their hero and figurehead is in the White House. I also feel it's important to point out that back around 2012, Jon Stewart, then host of the Daily Show, advocated on behalf of Republican presidental hopeful Ron Paul. Stewart enthusiasticall...morey posited that the mainstream media was unfair to ignore Ron Paul, and Ron Paul appeared on the show, recieving thunderous applause from the audience, and a hearty handshake from Stewart. Stewart asked Paul why he felt the media was ignoring him, and gave the Republican representative a platform to say that "some of 'em don't wanna hear the message, because it's a threat to 'em, because I'm a threat to the establishment.....some though, they just flat-out.....they don't understand what freedom is all about!" Is this problematic for a cable comedy show that postures as being progressive and ostensibly anti-racist? Yes it is. Because Ron Paul is a racist idealogue. In his so-called "Libertarian" newsletters, Ron Paul bashed dr. Martin Luther King Jr. And I quote: "From Wikipedia: A number of the (Ron Paul's) newsletters criticized civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr., calling him a pedophile and "lying socialist satyr".[2][15] These articles told readers that Paul had voted against making Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday a federal public holiday, saying "Boy, it sure burns me to have a national holiday for that pro-communist philanderer, Martin Luther King. I voted against this outrage time and time again as a Congressman. What an infamy that Ronald Reagan approved it! We can thank him for our annual Hate Whitey Day." And yes, that's the same Ron Paul endorsed by the Daily Show. To the Daily Show, I would suggest that if you're going to posture as "progressive firebrands," then you should walk the walk, not just talk the talk, because your words will have a tendency to catch up with you. Help the antifascist movement, and do not hinder it. Make the choice to be on the right side of history. Consistency? Indeed. Your move.
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